Rollei pays homage to the RolleiFlex 2.8F|
(Wednesday, March 19, 2003 - 15:48 EST)
A new digital camera from Rollei takes the style of a classic twin-lens reflex camera in a much smaller package.
Rollei showed its RolleiFlex Mini-Digi at a press event in Japan attended by Yamada-san of the digitalcamera.jp website. The camera is designed to look like medium-format twin-lens reflex camera, the RolleiFlex 2.8F. You can see three photos of the camera, which looks very similar to the RolleiFlex 2.8F pictured at the top of this item, part-way down Yamada's Japanese-language news page.
The digital camera version is much smaller than the film camera it mimics, and features a 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor, an LCD screen that acts as a viewfinder for waist-level shooting in the top of the camera, a 9.9mm F2.8 fixed-focus lens, 16MB of built-in memory and SD card storage. As well as 1280 x 960 pixel still images, the Mini-Digi can capture 160 x 120 pixel video clips. Power comes from CR2 batteries or the USB connection, and the camera also features a webcam mode, NTSC video output and support for an external flash.
Pricing is as-yet undecided, but the camera will go on sale in Japan this May.